Government of Canada invests over $1.4 million in plant-based food production in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ON, July 7, 2022 /CNW/ – canada’s plant-based food sector is evolving to meet the increasing global demand for protein. To ensure this development is matched by support for companies to commercialize their products, today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced over $1.4 million in funding for Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd. in Delta, BC.

Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd. is a women-owned and operated company that manufactures plant-based foods focused on using quality, local ingredients to sustainably produce alternative protein whole foods. With an investment under the AgriInnovate Program, the company will increase production capacity and efficiency by adding custom, fully automated robotic equipment to the facility. These changes will help commercialize a plant-based, soy-free tofu product made from 100 per cent Canadian grown and milled chickpeas, helping meet the needs of consumers with allergies to soy and special dietary needs.

As people around the world start consuming more plant-based products, farmers and processors have an opportunity to bring together Canadian crops and innovation to help the sector reach new international markets. Canadians are building technology-forward operations to take advantage of the country’s global leadership in grains, pulses, and other crops, bringing new quality food options to consumers.

By investing in plant-based innovation to support canada’s competitiveness, the government is positioning plant-based production for continued growth and success today and in the future.

Quotes

“Plant-based foods are growing in popularity as Canadians are increasingly looking for options to incorporate greater variety into their diets. Investing in businesses like Big Mountain Foods 2 is establishing canada’s position as a global leader in this industry, while increasing consumer choice of alternative protein options.”
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Innovative agriculture is the way of the future. Congratulations to Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd. on the contribution they’re making to our Delta community, and to the plant-based sector in Canada. Our government is proud to invest in businesses that meet consumer demands, while keeping our industries sustainable and competitive for future generations.”
– The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

“With the help of the AgriInnovate Program, we have been able to launch the first ever Fava Bean Tofu free of all common allergens into the Canadian and USES market. Big Mountain Foods has commissioned a facility in Vancouver, BC that has capacity to produce over 2 million units a year of tofu. The new facility is inclusive of upcycling with a goal to be zero waste. The feedback on the tofu has been very positive with recent listings in Whole Foods and many other retailers. We are proud to have developed a tofu product that has similar taste, texture and functionality as traditional soy tofu that is higher in protein.”
Jasmine ByrnePresident of Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd.

Quick Facts

  • The AgriInnovate Program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billionfive-year (2018-2023) investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.

Additional Links

AgriInnovate
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd.

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For further information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, [email protected], 343-541-9229; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]

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